Saturday, January 14, 2012

Straits Settlements Stamps King Edward VII, $500

Hello all, over six months my blog was not updated. I am nearly given up and I thought that nobody interested in reading my blog. But last week, I really don’t know what to do, opening my frustrating blog and WOW!! I receiving an encouraging comment from someone called TINTIN from LONDON.
I’ve got new interesting information from TINTIN. The most expensive stamp from Straits Settlements is the $500, King Edward VII, around 1902, post office cancellation by error (not revenue cancellation but postal cancellation with time and date/year).The most interesting part was the Value!!  
It was: £ 1,000,000 (one million £)!!!!

WOW and WOW!! And old stamps with that Price?? And suddenly I getting over excited and start surfing and researching again. I really want to know what the hell Straits Settlements Stamps King Edward VII, $500, was look like.

Finally I found the info from late night surfing

And the shocking truth was, from a philatelic point of view, the most expensive Malaysian stamp
But regret to inform you all that I don’t have this stamp. If not I’m surely going to be damn rich!

Other info from TINTIN are stamps from Prince of Wales Island i.e. Penang before 1840. I have a lot of stamps from Penang. But I don’t know which one, what the type or color. Even there’s not stated year on that stamps.

Some of The MALAYA Penang Collections

I have a lot of stamps from Penang. But I don’t know which one, what the type or color. Even there’s not stated year on that stamps.
But I don’t have time to do more research now. Maybe next time. Till we meet again in next post.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Straits Settlements Collection

Hello all..  
We meet again.. This time I will share with all of  you stories about Straits Settlements..  Below is picture from one of Straits Settlements page from my collection

Through my researched, The Straits Settlements were a group of British territories located in Southeast Asia. Originally established in 1826 as part of the territories controlled by the British East India Company, the Straits Settlements came under direct British control as a crown colony on 1 April 1867. The colony was dissolved as part of the British reorganisation of its South-East Asian dependencies following the end of the Second World War.

The Straits Settlements consisted of the individual settlements of Malacca, Penang (also known as Prince of Wales Island), Christmas Island (until 1946 and part of Singapore until 1957) and Singapore, as well as (from 1907) Labuan, off the coast of Borneo. With the exception of Singapore and Christmas Island, these territories now form part of Malaysia.

When the Settlements became a crown colony in 1867, they began issuing their own stamps, not least because they adopted a currency based on 96 cents to a silver dollar. 

Twentieth Century
In 1907, the remainder of the stamps of Labuan were overprinted "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS.", some with new denominations, and in 1910 new large-format stamps appeared with values of $25 and $500 (although available for postage, their usual use was fiscal). George V replaced his father on stamps beginning in 1912, reusing frames and only replacing vignettes. These stamps were overprinted in 1922 to mark the Malaya-Borneo Exhibition.
My available Collections Straits Settlements King George V

From the picture above, we can see coconut tree on the both side left and right of the stamp. 
Below is another type of King George Collection
2 Cents King George V but with Kris on left and right of the stamp. 4 Cents King George V with picture of Paddy and another one is 5 Cents King George V stated with “Postage & Revenue” on the both side left and right of the stamp

I'm not sure the stories behind differences between this two types of stamps.. If anyone can leave their comment and share with me, it highly appreciated. 

The Straits Settlements also joined in the Silver Jubilee for George V in 1935

 George was born on 3 June 1865 in London, the second son of the Prince of Wales. When George was 18 he went into the Royal Navy, but the death of his elder brother in 1892 meant he had to leave a career he enjoyed, as he was now heir to the throne. In 1901, George's father became king and in May 1910, George himself became king. In 1935, the king celebrated his Silver Jubilee, an occasion of great public rejoicing. He died on 20 January 1936 and was succeeded by his son Edward.

I also have a few collections Straits Settlements King George VI. I will update it later... If you insist to see it please enlarge picture Straits Settlements page and zoom it one by one.

Seriously, I admit that I am an amateur and have a few knowledge about stamps through research here and there..  I am really appreciate if anyone can leave comments regarding all stamps in my collection. Till we meet again in next post. Good Bye

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stamps from United Stated of America

Sorry I'm not updated this blog for the long period. I thought there are no visitors who are interested in visiting this blog. I'm surprised how this blog has been visited more or less a total of 70 visitors. Not from Malaysia but also from Canada, Czech and the United Stated of America. This makes me excited to add new information in it 

I was checking my grandfather old stamp book, one page that interests me is the United State of America. There are 3 pages for the USA. But I only had time to check this page only. Sorry to all visitors. But I promised an interesting story for this will be explored.

These are several stamps that i'm interested to share my story with you. I'm not sure why, but lets check its story.

 1c Statue of Liberty, National Defense Issues 1940
Issue Date: October 16, 1940
City: Washington, D.C.
Quantity: 6,081,409,300
Color: Bright blue green

This stamps was the first in a 3-stamp series issued to raise consciousness of the need for a strong national defense, which President Franklin Roosevelt considered especially important as World War II raged in Europe. The stamp pictures the Statue of Liberty that was placed on top of fort built to defend New York against naval attacks. 

There are also some stamps that are categorized Liberty Series

What is Liberty Series?? Lets Check!!

The Liberty Series
Issued to replace the 1938 Presidential series, this patriotic set of stamps honors guardians of freedom throughout U.S. history. Eighteenth century America is represented by Revolutionary War heroes and statesmen such as Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Henry, Jay, and Revere.

Leaders of the 19th century including Monroe, Lincoln, Lee, Harrison, and Susan B. Anthony make an appearance. The 20th century is represented by Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and General Pershing.

The Liberty Series also features famous locations important to America’s democratic history, such as Bunker Hill, Independence Hall, and the Alamo.

25¢ Paul Revere (Liberty Series )
Issue Date: April 18, 1958
City: Boston, MA
Perforations: 11 x 10½
Color: Green

Paul Revere (1735-1818)
American Patriot and Silversmith
Born in Boston, Paul Revere was a leader in the patriot group known as The Sons of Liberty, whose members participated in the Boston Tea Party. History remembers Revere for his ride from Charlestown to Lexington and then on to Concord on April 18, 1775, to warn the local militia that the British were coming. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow memorializes this ride in the poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” 

Revere was also an outstanding silversmith (his graceful designs are still copied today), an engraver, and the first American to discover how to roll sheet copper.

Another Liberty Series from my grandfather’s collection
1958 4¢ Abraham Lincoln
Liberty Series Coil

Issue Date: July 31, 1958
City:  Mandan, North Dakota
Quantity: Unknown
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:  Rotary Press
 10 Horizontally
Color:  Red Violet
This stamp was first issued in Mandan, North Dakota – the site of Fort Abraham Lincoln. The fort was built in June 1872, and named after Lincoln in November of the same year. It was the last post of George Armstrong Custer and his wife Libby, who were stationed there in 1873. President Theodore Roosevelt approved legislation in 1907 that turned the fort into a state park. 

There is also a Stamps of the United States was issued to commemorate the famous athletes

20¢ Babe Ruth

Issue Date: July 6, 1983
City: Chicago, IL
Quantity: 184,950,000
Perforations: 10.5 x 11
Color: Blue

Issued in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of baseball's All-Star Game, this stamp honors Babe Ruth. A baseball legend, Ruth played in the first All-Star Game, in 1933.

George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948)
Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He excelled as both a pitcher and a hitter; however, it was as a batter that he achieved his greatest fame. His records include 2,056 career bases on balls and 72 games where he hit two or more home runs. His lifetime batting average was .342. Ruth attracted so many fans to Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923, that it was nicknamed “The House That Ruth Built.”

Fuhh .. I am quite tired to make research on all of these stamps. Ends here. I hope to meet again in the next post